- An institution of further education at an intermediate level (in the UK, typically teaching those aged 16 to 19). See also: sixth-form college.
- An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age).
- (Used mainly in the formal names of private schools) A secondary school (Eton College).
- A non-specialized, semi-autonomous division of a university, with its own faculty, departments, library, etc (Pembroke College, Cambridge; Balliol College, Oxford; University College London).
- (Australia) A residential hall of a university, which may be independent or have its own tutors but is not involved in teaching.
- (Loosely) Any institution of higher education.
- (In the US) An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates and/or graduates. Nearly synonymous with university, with less emphasis on research and may, or may not, have graduate or doctoral programs. Often has an emphasis in a specific academic area (e.g. liberal arts college).
- (In the US) A specialized division of a university (College of Engineering).
Etymology: From collége (modern: collège)
- German: Berufskolleg , Fachschule
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